How to protect your works by copyright?

Have you considered protecting your works through copyright?

Whether you are a creator, a start-up, a small and medium-sized, or a large company, it is essential to defend your copyright!

protecting copyrights

Copyrights are rights acquired automatically by someone who creates an original work such as a literary work, a song or a movie.

Copyrights are composed of :

  • Moral rights: these allow the author to respect their name and their work. Moral rights are perpetual, enduring and inalienable.
  • Economic rights: these give full economic exploitation rights to the author.

Copyright is automatically acquired as soon as the work is created. Therefore, there is no formal process for copyright in France, unlike in English-speaking countries.

However, it is still necessary to prove the authorship of the work.

It is possible to do this through a Soleau envelope to prove the originality of your creation.

As soon as the work meets the copyright  criteria, the owner has exclusive exploitation rights over it.

If someone else wishes to exploit the work, they must seek the authorization of the owner. It is then necessary to establish a contract for any transfer of copyright. A carefully drawn up assignment contract ensures you have a high level of protection of your rights and an unproblematic exploitation of your work.

The experts at Dreyfus can help you in particular with:

  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts for the transfer and exploitation of rights (representation and reproduction)
  • Drafting and negotiation of representation, publishing and audiovisual production contracts
  • Drafting agreements to secure your specific situation
  • Sending notifications to web hosts to remove illegal content
  • Litigation against counterfeiting and related offences. For example, actions against illegal Internet downloading and streaming platforms, actions against publishers and users of software clearly intended for the provision of protected works.
  • Litigation relating to the exploitation of creative work such as counterfeiting, unfair and plagiarized competition, and all types of disputes concerning the execution of contracts governing the creative process.